Employee health first priority for leaders

Online fitness routines as well as virtual team lunches and coffee sessions are keeping employees healthy, motivated and engaged.

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Leading corporations say that the safety and wellbeing of their employees is the first priority today as the pandemic is growing and disrupting business everywhere.

Harshvendra Soin, CPO, TechMahindra, says, “We are e-connected with our employees at various levels. For us, being aware of the well-being of our employees is the first step of communication, followed by work.”

As communication is the key, Soin makes it a point to send out personal messages and videos to his employees on a daily basis.

Organisations have come up with many novel ideas, such as arranging to have a doctor on call all the time for the employees and their families, counselling facilities, meditation and online fitness sessions to name a few. Many of them are also participating in virtual team lunches and coffee sessions to keep the team members motivated and engaged.

At Aditya Birla, the management has arranged for a doctor to be on call for their employees and their families, as shared by Ravi Mishra, senior vice-president of human resources, Aditya Birla Chemicals, Epoxy Business. Leaders are also looking at employees’ mental and physical well-being.

Milind Apte, SVP-HR, CEAT Tyres, says they have rolled out ways to keep their direct and indirect employees engaged and taken care of. CEAT has its own chief fitness officer who, along with a dedicated team, ensures that remote employees are taking care of their health through counselling and dietary sessions for the entire family. The organisation also conducts a morning fitness routine every day for its employees.

Flipkart is conducting informal social connect sessions, such as Pasta Live and Chai Break with its employees.

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